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Best platform for user messaging/inboxes

  • # May 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Hey guys,

    I need to create a website which includes a blog, forum, membership signup (both free and paid), user profile pages (photo, user information, bio etc), and the ability for users to be able to message/inbox each other. I’m very familiar with WordPress development and so my first thought was that platform (and I probably still will for the majority of the site), but I’m wondering whether there’s a better alternative for handling the user profile/messaging aspect.

    I’ve watched all of Chris’s videos on how he built this site and added the lodge with user memberships etc, and I know that members can inbox each other through this forum, but I’m looking to build something more robust than just forum messaging (think a dating site where users can send each other messages/view profiles).

    Does anyone have a suggestion on a good platform to use (preferably PHP based)? I’ve found a few WordPress plugins ([User Messages](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/user-messages/ “”) for example), but it doesn’t look very extensive. Does anyone have any experience with this plugin or any other platform which would be a good fit?

    Thanks in advance!

    John

    # May 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    BuddyPress has everything you are asking for, and integrates with wordpress which youre allready familiar with. That being said, it is a huge code base and can be a gigantic pain. I’m 100% certain there are people on this forum with horror stories, but, as I said, it does everything you asked for.

    # May 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Cheers Will, I’ll check it out. Sounds like a good fit. Just curious, have you used it before yourself?

    Still open to other options if anyone else has suggestions!

    # May 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Yep, +1 for Buddypress horror story. Horrendous app to work with. Am actually redeveloping the site I used it with to not use Buddypress anymore.

    I’ve actually been looking at this plugin for a dating site I might be working on: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cartpauj-pm/

    I’m at the moment chatting with potential developers to customise it to have features you might expect in a dating site (ie. pay for messages …etc).

    # May 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    BuddyPress = pain, I agree.

    # May 4, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Thanks guys. If you don’t mind me asking, what is it in particular that is a pain when working with BuddyPress? On paper it sounds promising, but obviously I don’t want to get too far down that road if it’s just going to cause me a myriad of headaches. Can anyone offer any specifics as to why I should avoid it?

    # May 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Buggy as hell.

    # May 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    http://www.invisionpower.com/

    This has many of those features. I’ve used it for years and it isn’t that hard to set up or maintain.

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